Banff and Buchan are the northermost parts of Aberdeenshire. This section coversthe Aberdeenshire coast from the Moray border right around the Aberdeenshire coast as far south as Cruden Bay.
The old county town of Banff has scores of fascinating old buildings but it is only one of the beautiful coastal towns and villages in this region. To the west Portsoy has two harbours, one dating from the seventeenth century, and is the home of the Scottish Small Boats Festival. Heading east are the celebrated former fishing villages of Gardenstown, Crovie and Pennan (click for our picks), the latter immortalised in the classic film Local Hero. The larger, working towns of Fraserburgh and Peterhead are blessed by their close proximity to majestic sandy beaches, culminating in the huge stretch of sand and dunes around Rattray Head.
|Cullykhan Bay and Fort Fiddes||1.3km||40 minutes|
|Troup Head, near Pennan||2.5km||1 hour|
|Banff Town Heritage Trail||3km||1 hour|
|St John's Church from Gardenstown||3.5km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Delgatie Castle and Woods, near Turriff||3.75km||1 hour|
|Aden Country Park, near Mintlaw||4km||1 hour|
|Ellon Circular Walk, Ellon||4km||1.5 hours|
|Gardenstown and Crovie||4.5km||1.5 hours|
|East Head, Portsoy||4.5km||1.5 hour return|
|Ythan Estuary and Forvie Sands, near Newburgh||5.75km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Inverallochy and Whitelinks Bay||6km||2 hours|
|Fraserburgh Bay and Waters of Philorth||6.5km||1.5 hours|
|The Forest of Deer, near Fetterangus||6.5km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|St Combs Bay and the Strathbeg reserve||6.75km||2 - 3 hours|
|Pennan to Aberdour Bay||7km||1.5 hours - 1 way|
|Banff and Whitehills circuit||8km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Duff House and the Bridge of Alvah, Banff||8.5km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Portsoy and Sandend circular||9km||2.5 - 3.5 hours|
|Cruden Bay to the Bullers of Buchan||4.5km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Sandend and Findlater Castle||5km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Bullers of Buchan to Boddam||8km||2.5 - 3.5 hours|
|Forvie Sands, Collieston||8.5km||2 - 3 hours|
|St Combs to Rattray Head||9.5km||3 - 4 hours|
|Five Farms and Troup Head from Crovie||9.5km||2.5 - 3.5 hours|
|Knock Hill from Swilebog||2.25km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|The Formartine and Buchan Way||88.25km||8 stages|
On the remote northern coast of Aberdeenshire, looking out over the Moray Firth, lie three of Scotland’s most picturesque villages: Gardenstown, Crovie and Pennan.
Gardenstown (locally known as the Gamrie) is much the largest of the three. A steep, steep road leads down through the modern part of the village to the harbour and the packed jumble of cottages which make up the old fishertown...
Local family run bakery providing fresh daily bread, pies and fancies to the hungry locals and walkers alike.
From Tripadvisor reviews: "A excellent bakery which is very popular in the heart of the town. the staff are very friendly and the cakes are amazing." "all the food is excellent quality." "Awesome people and delicious sweets! Worth a visit for sure."